Great Barrier Reef Pontoon on the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Great Adventures Cairns departing from Green Island daily, the Great Adventures reef activity platform on the Great Barrier Reef offers a fantastic day for swimmers and non-swimmers.

This tour starts at Green Island at 11:20 am and arriving back on Green Island at 3:45 pm.

Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the World.  Stretching south from Bundaberg to Papua New Guinea in the North.   A distance for 2010 kilometres.  The reef is an abundance of brightly coloured fish and coral.

This reef is home to 30 species of whales, porpoises and dolphins. Six species of sea turtles can be found on the reef.  215 species of birds, as well as 1500 species of fish, call the reef home.

When you pop your head into the water and discover the colours of the Great Barrier Reef it will take your breath away.

Reef Pontoon

First, this tour travels to an all-weather reef activity pontoon on the outer barrier reef.

Here you will find amazing underwater visibility as well as an abundance of marine life and coral.

This all-weather reef platform offers a range of fantastic activities. Designed to showcase the best of the Great Barrier Reef.   With activities for swimmers and non-swimmers.

Including an underwater observatory, snorkelling, scuba diving and scuba doo.

Next, we arrive at a magnificent outer Great Barrier Reef where guests can enjoy a fantastic array of activities.


Included in your tour is a snorkel, mask and fins, as well as floatation devices to make snorkelling a breeze.  There is a friendly crew to help you with your gear and lifesavers to ensure you are safe.

You can also upgrade for a guided snorkel with a knowledgeable guide to show you around the reef.

Scuba Diving

Introductory scuba dive

Would you like to experience the Great Barrier Reef like a fish? Introductory diving is a fantastic way to see marine life and coral.

Handheld by a professional PADI dive instructor that will make sure you are safe and comfortable.  During the dive, the instructor will point out interesting marine life and coral.

Certified scuba diving

Already a certified scuba diver, let’s get you geared up and enjoying our best dive sites.


Also,  try Scuba Doo.  It is so much fun cruising around the reef on an underwater scooter. Non-swimmers can also enjoy this exciting optional extra.

See the reef without getting wet.

Semi Submarine

In addition to snorkelling and scuba diving, you can also take a semi-submersible tour.  This tour includes informative marine commentary and departs every 30 minutes.

During your tour, pop into the underwater observatory for coral and fish viewing.

Underwater observatory

From the underwater observatory, take in the view of brightly coloured fish and coral.  There is also the chance to see giant clams and maybe even sea a scuba diver passing by.

The large windows of the underwater observatory keep everyone mesmerized.

Also, there are interpretive posters to help you identify marine life.

While you are there join the Eco reef talk with the Marine Naturalist.


Next, take a spectacular scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef.

See other fantastic options for your family.

This tour is also available as a package, including Green Island.

If you are not on Green Island, don’t worry. This tour also departs from Cairns.

  • Underwater Observatory
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Scuba doo


  • 9.30 am Check-in at Great Adventures Cairns Reservations Counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.
  • 10:10 am Vessel boarding.
  • Complimentary morning tea/coffee served
  • 10:30 am Journey to the Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon
  • 11:20 am  Reef Presentation shown on the vessel’s monitors.
  • Snorkelling demonstration by the crew.
  • 12:30 pm Arrive at the Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon.
  • 1:00-2:30 pm Time for hot and cold buffet lunch.
  • Enjoy more reef activities or relax on the sundeck and take in the views!
  • Tea and coffee are also available while at the platform.
  • Complimentary cheese and biscuits served on the homeward journey.
  • 3:45 pm Arrive at Green Island.
  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise.
  • Morning tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns.
  • Selection of cakes for morning tea.
  • Three hours at the Outer Reef Activity Platform.
  • Snorkelling equipment. Mask, fins and snorkel.
  • Use of buoyancy vests and stinger suits.
  • Reef education presentation.
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch.
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour.
  • Underwater Observatory.
  • A guided Eco Reef Talk in the underwater observatory
  • Afternoon tea and coffee available whilst at the platform.
  • Cheese and biscuits on the return journey
  • Introductory scuba diving
  • Scuba-Doo
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Professional Photos
  • Swimming costume,
  • beach towel
  • sunglasses
  • Hat,
  • Sunscreen
  • comfortable shoes
  • Money for drinks, snacks and souvenirs as well as optional activities
  • A smile and a sense of adventure!
  • Camera

Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Cairns check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns from 09:45 am.

Where Can I Park?

There are several parking stations throughout Cairns within walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where to park.

Important Scuba Diving Information

Even if you are not planning on scuba diving when you see how beautiful the Great Barrier Reef is, you might change your mind.

So it is a good idea to be well prepared.

Queensland, Australia, has some of the strictest scuba diving rules globally and the safest scuba diving record.

We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all regulations, including medical as is the law.

Want to Scuba dive?

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire.

Can I go diving?

Check our simple Scuba Dive Questionnaire

Medical Questionnaire

We will be delighted to assist you if you have any questions.  You can contact us on live chat, call us  07 4037 2700, and email  [email protected]

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms’ AS.4005.1


Flying after Scuba Diving

It would be best if you did not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after scuba diving for a single no decompression scuba dive.

For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.

If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive.  We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.


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